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Enid Plante, interviewed by Tom Spurling and Jean Swift, 17 January 1986
Enid was the first female appointed to the Physical Chemistry Section of the CSIR Division of Industrial Chemistry at the age of 21.
John Stocker, interviewed by Tom Spurling and Terry Healy, 25 May 2018
John Stocker held the position of Chief Executive at CSIRO from 1990 to 1995
RV Investigator skidding time-lapse
The 93.9 metre research vessel, which weighs 6,082 ton, was moved from the wharf to a barge using a hydraulic system, and then towed to a dock, where the barge was submerged, leaving the vessel floating.
Parkes radio telescope and the Apollo 11 Moon landing
In July 1969, the Parkes Observatory played an important role in history, when it received and broadcast the first Moon landing, Apollo 11.
Mary Ann Augustin
Mary Ann Augustin has had several science leadership and multi-disciplinary project leader roles at CSIRO. Her main area of research is in protein structure and immunoparasitology.
Gerald Lightfoot [1877–1966]
Mr. Lightfoot came to Australia in 1906 and joined the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics where he was responsible for establishing the Bureau's Labour and Industrial Branch and extending it to the main industrial centres of the Commonwealth.
New Mineral Detector (1978)
SIROTEM embodies Australian solutions to the shortcomings of overseas electronic devices trying to detect minerals hidden beneath our difficult types of soil.
Birth of the red kangaroo (1965)
This remarkable film record of marsupial birth shows mating, the female's preparation for the birth of her young and, finally, the birth itself.
Bird banding in Australia (1964)
If the field biologist is to advise on the conservation of rare birds and the control of pests, he must be able to study birds in their natural environment and to record their pattern of behaviour over a number of years. But first, he must be able to identify individuals in a species.